BBQ Oyster Time, Golden Gate Anniversary Eats & More

Oysters fresh off the grill at Fish Story. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Fish Story’s Barbecued Oysters

Fish Story in Napa has introduced a fun new “Happy Hour” on Friday and Saturday afternoons, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m,  that’s all about the barbecue.

Just in time for these warmer days ahead, the restaurant is grilling Rock Cod soft tacos ($4) and Drake’s Bay oysters with chili butter ($2) and your choice of three relishes.

Enjoy those noshes with $2.50 draft beer and $5 artisan tap wines.

The GG75 cocktail, named after the iconic bridge. (Photo courtesy of Jardiniere)

Sweets and Libations to Celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge

Restaurants are already getting in on the celebrating for the 75th anniversary of San Francisco’s landmark Golden Gate Bridge on May 27.

Head to Jardiniere restaurant in San Francisco on May 23 when cocktail writer Camper English will be behind the bar, pouring the GG75, a riff on the French 75. It’s a mix of California sparkling wine, Campari, simple syrup, orange bitters and blood orange juice to give the cocktail a hue similar to that of the iconic bridge.

The cocktail is $10. Sales will benefit Hands on the Bay Area, a non-profit that encourages San Franciscans to volunteer, learn and lead their communities.

If you plan to take in the May 27 fireworks show in San Francisco, Greens Restaurant, with its bird’s-eye-view of the festivities, is the perfect place to do so.

The vegetarian restaurant will offer two dinner seatings that night. The first, 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m., features an a la carte menu, but no viewing of the fireworks from the restaurant dining room. It’s designed more for folks who want to eat before they walk down to the Marina for an outside view.

The second seating, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., will serve up a four-course $75 prix fixe, plus viewing of the fireworks. Reservations for this seating must be made by calling the restaurant directly at (415) 771-6222.

A Golden Gate Bridge cookie. (Photo courtesy of Greens)

For a sweet taste of the event, Greens also has designed a Golden Gate Bridge short bread cookie with royal icing. The cookies are available for $3.75 at the “Greens To Go” counter at the restaurant.

SusieCakes bakeries have also gotten in on the act.

Golden Gate Bridge cake by SusieCakes. (Photo courtesy of the bakery)

Cute little cookies in the shape of the bridge. (Photo courtesy of SusieCakes)

Its Marina district locale in San Francisco and its Marin County site in Greenbrae are offering up limited edition Golden Gate Bridge cookies ($3) and even a three-tier Golden Gate layer cake for $395 that serves 100.

SF Chinatown Walking Tour

Join cookbook author and San Francisco native, Joyce Jue, for a walking tour of San Francisco’s famous Chinatown, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 23.

You’ll enjoy stops at cafes, tea rooms, a historic temple and outdoor produce stands. The tour concludes with a sampling of dim sum.

The tour is $100 per person. To reserve a spot, call Ramekins Culinary School at (707) 933-0450.

More: My Q&A with Chef Annie Somerville of Greens Restaurant

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